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by Robin Brooks
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The story of the Scottish holiday of Victorin art critic John Ruskin and his wife Effie took with the young painter John Everett Millais has been told many times - see for example  https://archive.org/details/DearCountess   The story however bears telling again, and this play takes its name from Millais' famous painting of the same name - as above  - featuring Effie as "the woman". For those who do not know this true story, after several years of marriage, John Ruskin had refused...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Kim Hicks
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Actress Kim Hicks has recreated, from original journals, a journey to Australia made on Mr Brunei's Victorian "wonder of the modern age," the SS Great Britain. Excitement, new experiences and sadness are in store for the passengers, whose descriptions of their journey of a lifetime are as fresh, funny and poignant now as when they were written.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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by Ali Taylor
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An unsolicited manuscript appears one day in the mailbox of a failing publishing house. Everybody who reads it thinks it is fantastic and its publication is championed by one of the editors. But why do so many people doubt that it is the publishing find of the year?
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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by Penny Gold
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Henry Mayhew is best remembered as a writer who chronicled the lives of the London poor in the 1850s. His book, "London Labour & the London Poor" has been in publication almost continuously since he wrote it, but he was an observer, not a moralising do-gooder. The play looks at an incident in his life when  his challenging friendship with Jack, a sharp-witted teenage coster (market trader) and his over-trusting attempt to assist Mouse, a drunken child-runaway with a winning...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play, Factual Drama
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by Graham White
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The 1972 trial of "The Angry Brigade", a group of left wing subversives who over two or three years carried out a wave of bombings in pursuit of their doctrines, was the longest criminal trial in British legal history, at 6 months long. The defendants and their supporters viewed it as a political trial, which the judge denied. This drama is based upon the transcripts of the trial.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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by Somerville and Ross
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Two part drama based upon the books by Somerville and Ross. India, 1897. The affable but rather dim Major Yeates decides that he is to get maaried. Searching around for a job back in Britain, he decides to apply to become a "Resident Magistrate" in Ireland. Deciding that the hunting and shooting are quite good in West Cork, and having family connections there, he decides to apply, despite having no legal training.  He is duly appointed, but soon finds that he is no match for the...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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by Jack Gerson
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Dallas, November 1963. The day after the Kennedy assassination, journalist Alec McBride gets into conversation in a bar with a stranger, who tells McBride that he, the stranger, and another man shot JFK. McBride dismisses it, but next morning, he finds the stranger shot dead. From then on, McBride finds his life in danger.......
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Kennedy Assassination, Saturday Night Theatre
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by R J Gallagher
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The true story of John Rabe. He was a German businessman and Nazi Party member who is best known for his efforts to stop the atrocities of the Japanese army during the Nanking Occupation and his work to protect and help the Chinese civilians during the event. The Nanking Safety Zone, which he helped to establish, sheltered approximately 200,000 Chinese people from slaughter during the massacre. He officially represented Germany and acted as senior chief of the European–American establishment...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Nanking Massacre, John Rabe, Afternoon Play
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by Frances Byrnes
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During WW!, seriously injured British soldiers were evacuated from Germany to Switzerland to be treated. The story was covered by the Times, and this play is based upon those despatches.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Algernon Blackwood
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 A group of travelers go on an expedition to several islands in the Baltic Sea. For their landing they select one uninhabited island from a group of beautiful islands of the secluded Baltic wilderness. But i t is never wise for an overcivilised man to isolate himself in a place where Nature rules. For surely he will revert.......
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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by Helen Dunmore
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Helen Mirren stars in a drama about her own family.  Mirren's grandfather, Pyotr Mironov, was a Tsarist officer who, after the Russian Revolution, became an exile in England - losing his home, family, language, career and social standing. How did this affect the Mirren family - the name was anglicised in the 1950s by Mirren's father.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Biography, Factual Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Kevin Seggar
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British parliamentary elections until the mid 19th century were chaotic affairs. The secret ballot was unknown, with electors casting their votes in public. Bribery and corruption, although illegal, were the accepted norm. In the 1835 election in Ipswich in Suffolk however, the bribery was so open that the result had to be set aside. This drama is based upon that election.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama
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by Anthony Hope
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The writer Anthony Hope is almost wholly remembered for the classic adventure novel "The Prisoner of Zenda" - radio dramatisation uploaded elsewhere here - but it is forgotten that he wrote many other novels, in between his burgeoning legal career as a barrister. This novel - not be confused with the Barbie movie of the same name(!!!) - concerns the attempt by a young English peer to assert his ownership of a remote Greek island, against the will of its picturesque but hot-blooded...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Adventure, Saturday Night Theatre
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by Adrian Penketh
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Grenoble 2020. A right wing candidate for the National Front is standing as Mayor of Grenoble. Although not a holder of extreme views, the local Muslim population are fearful, and will do what it takes......
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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by Paul Watson
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It is 1958, the last year in which debutantes will be presented to the Queen, their first step into society, with the end aim of bagging a suitable, titled young man. Claude, the eligible but hard up only son of the bankrupt Viscount Tudeley is just the sort of chap the debs are after. Jemima Courtney's mother has her eye on him for her daughter, but she's not the only one in the race.......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Arthur Wing Pinero
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Radio adaptation of the classic farce. An impecunious  clergyman  with  two extravagant daughters, has always taken a strong line against  gambling . His  sister  has a half share in a race horse and he is persuaded to place a bet on the horse "Dandy Dick", to pay for an extravagant promise he has made to contribute to a church restoration fund. He subsequently finds himself in the local police cell for administering, or trying to administer, substances to his sister's horse,...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Monday Play, Farce
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by Richard Walker
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Two strangers meet in an empty country church. As they wander round, they discover that their lives are not dissimilar. Then they hear the eerie sound of a child crying ...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 30 Minute Theatre
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by Dylan Ritson
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In 1907, Harry Bensley accepted a wager from J P Morgan that Bensley was to visit 21 countries and 284 towns, in return for which Bensley would receive $100,000. The conditions of the wager were however that: Bensley must wear an iron mask He must not reveal his identity He must push a pram He was allowed to start with no money He was only allowed to raise cash by selling postcards He must make and have accepted a proposal of marriage The play looks at this extraordinary true story.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Saturday Play
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by Gillian Richmond
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1799. A wealthy landowner dies, leaving his property to his second son Richard, with the caveat that if his son Mark, who disappeared at the age of 3 and would now be a grown man, appears within a year and a day, the inheritance will pass to him. Richard's old nurse knows more about Mark's disappearance than she lets on, but the result is tragedy. The script would have been stronger if Richard had not been written as such an obvious "pantomime villain". One almost feels one must hiss...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by John Fletcher
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The extraordinary, true story of Janet Chisholm, one of the most unlikely spies in history.. Janet Chisholm was a British Embassy wife and mother in Moscow who was persuaded to use her young children and their trips to the park as cover in handling the Cold War's most influential informant at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. His reports contained detailed information about Soviet nuclear capability and he was arrested, Chisholm fled Moscow, Britain was electrified.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Alan Bennet
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Bennet's companion piece to "An Englishman Abroad", uploaded previously. In 1979, the Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures, Anthony Blunt, was revealed as the "Fourth Man" in the Cambridge Spy Circle. This play imagines a meeting between Blunt and the Queen, in which he reveals that one of the Queen's pictures is not what it seems. See also "Blunt Speaking" for another drama about Blunt.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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by Thomas Hardy
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4 part dramatisation of what is, for me, Hardy's best full length story. In a state of intoxication, Michael Henchard sells his wife and child to a sailor at a country fair. Realising what he has one, he forswears alcohol and goes on to be a prosperous corn factor (dealer) in the town of Casterbridge. 19 years after he sold his wife, despite having been a solid and upright citizen ever since that fateful day, his life starts to unwind as his past catches up with him........
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Classic Serial
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by Anthony Trollope
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The third part of Trollope's Barchester Chronicles.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Chronicles
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by David Zane Mairowitz;
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In 1741, naturalist Georg Steller sailed on Bering's disastrous expedition from Siberia to Alaska. Bering and many of the sailors died from scurvy after their ship was marooned for nine months on Bering Island. Steller discovered a number of new animal species, but was unable to take any of his specimens back to Russia. This play is in part "inspired" by Steller's experiences.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama
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by Alex Jones
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In 1986, the body of a 15th century pilgrim was discovered buried within Worcester Cathedral. In this play, the author concocts a story of how he came to be buried there. Sadly, in more recent times, the body has been identified as probably belonging to a local merchant, but it does not detract from the piece.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Terry Gregson
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David Parkinson is a man who values his privacy, especially privacy from his mother in law. When he is made redundant therefore, he decides it is the ideal time to move from London to somewhere deep in the countryside and tell nobody where they are living - not even his wife knows where their new home is. Needless to say, things do not turn out as he expected. Stars the late Rodney Bewes, an actor who for me always made it look as if he was not acting - in his case, not in a good way......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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by William Goldman
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In the light of the success of Marathon Man  https://archive.org/details/MarathonMan , William Goldman decided to write a sequal "Brothers", a book that even he admitted was " a not-very-terrific book". Other may wish to agree or disagree.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller
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by John Osborne
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In 1968, playwright John Osborne was commissioned to write a script for the film "The Charge of the Light Brigade". It was never used, but is heard for the first time in this production.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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by Colin Shaw
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Steve Emmett is outwardly a respectable Lincolnshire farmer. His real income however comes from smuggling goods into the UK, using his private plane. His neighbour, Sir Marcus Marten has a series of preparatory sketches, worth millions,  made by the artist Goya for his famous series of prints "The Disasters of War", which Sir Marcus "acquired" at the end of World War II; in reality, these are held by the British Museum. Emmett's nefarious activities are discovered and he is...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller
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by Kwame Kwei-Armah
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How did Robert Mugabe come to be president of Zimbabwe, when his rival Bishop Muzorewa had one the first election in which blacks could vote, only months before. The answer lies in the manoeuvring that  took place behind the scenes in the now largely forgotten Lancaster House talks in 1980, as set out in this fascinating drama.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Friday Play
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Hector is 87, an old soldier now in a home. On fine days he is wheeled into Richmond Park and there he remembers the Battle of the Somme in 1916, and a young girl called Ethel. 
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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by Nicola McAuliffe
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The story focuses on Spilsbury as a young man and the case that made his name, the infamous trial of Doctor Crippen in 1910.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play, Factual Drama
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by Patrick Carroll
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Based upon a true story, a researcher comes across a Cornish grave which suggests that a master and slave have been buried together. Further research reveals that Everisto was purchased in a Brazil slave market at the age of 6. When his master decides to retire and go back to Cornwall, he brings Mephisto with him, giving him his freedom before they leave Brazil.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Michael Butt
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An old man tries to jump off a bridge and fails. During questioning he recalls a night many years before: a bridge in ethnically divided India, four soldiers guarding it, bored, tired and frightened. What happened during that hot summer's night?
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Friday Play
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by Mike Walker
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World War 2 has only recently finished and France is suspicious of the USA's ability to stop a further war in Europe. French civil servant Jean Monnet is determined to find a way of bringing peace and security to Europe, without relying upon the Americans. His solution - create a coal and steel community between France and Germany, along with others on the periphery, thereby ensuring that Germany cannot re-arm. The true story of the birth of the ECSC, the fore-runner of today's EU
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play, Factual Drama
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by H H Munro / Saki
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H H Munro, writing as "Saki" was the author of many short stories, often with a rather dark edge. In this series, 5 stories have been updated and re-located to an exclusive gated community, overseen by security guard Clovis - in the original, Clovis was often one of the protagonists. She tells the five stories and watches over the ghastly people in her care as their fates befall them. Very amusing and entertaining - Saki would have loved these witty adaptations.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Drama, Saki
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by Shelagh Stephens
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It is 1821 and George IV is preparing for his coronation. There is only one stumbling block to the day of magnificence he plans - his estranged wife Caroline of Brunswick whom he had been forced to marry many years before. The Princess is remembered in history for her gauche manners and lack of personal hygiene, both anathema to George. The radicals of the day see Caroline as a rallying point for the masses and Caroline is unable to see that she is being used. George detests his wife and wishes...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play, Factual Drama
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by Hattie Naylor
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When the Great Fire of 1666 was finally extinguished, all that remained of the City of London were smouldering ruins. Pepys witnessed first-hand the impact it had on the city and its people, and he would be haunted by what he had seen for the rest of his life. Many key buildings, 13,000 homes, and 88 churches had been destroyed or damaged including markets, jails, the Guildhall and St Paul's Cathedral. Now, aged 70, in poor health his wife Lizzie long dead, and Sam living with his servant Will...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
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by John Peacock
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Drama based upon the real story of Gottfried von Cramm. Already under Gestapo Surveillance, tennis ace Baron Gottfried Von Cramm, married but secretly homosexual, offends Hitler, by refusing to join the Nazi Party. He believes himself to be safe as long as he remains Germany's number one and winning. 'But I must win. I can't lose, and I can't quit.' He was left playing for his life. For more about his story, see: ...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Biography, Afternoon Play
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by R D Blackmore
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Three part dramatisation of Blackmore's classic novel of love and adventure on 17th century Exmoor.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Classic Serial
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by Gillian Tindall
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A young bride moves into a former school and starts sensing its previous tragic events. Tragedy dogs her steps thereafter......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Peter Luke
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Two interlinked plays about the Peninsular War in Spain between 1808 and 1813, in which the Duke of Wellington came to prominence. Ever wondered who the "Lady Smith" of Ladysmith in South Africa was? Listen on......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama
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by Martin Sorrell
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Dramatisation of the true story of railway driver Walter Peart and fireman who died in a horrific railway accident in 1898, while saving their passengers, in an act of Victorian self-sacrifice. They are commemorated with a plaque in London's "Postman's Park". Atruly extraordinary story that deserves to be better known, a full account of the story can be found here:  https://www.london-walking-tours.co.uk/postmans-park/walter-peart-and-henry-dean.htm
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Joe Dunlop
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An imaginary play based upon the life of Robert K Andrews, who sat in the House of Commons every day from 1963 until just before Christmas 1997. He was well known to all in Parliament and even had tea with the Speaker. He was not an MP, nor was he a Lord; his seat was in the central lobby, where he attempted to lobby Parliament - about what, officials were never clear - and by night he lived on the streets of London, which is where he died on Christmas Day.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Peter Whalley
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Late at night, a stranger knocks at a man's door. His car has broken down and he wants to shelter while help arrives. A news flash on the radio announces that a dangerous mental patient has escaped from a local hospital. Are the two connected?
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Just Before Midnight
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by Bob Sherman
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Two part dramatisation of the American Senate enquiry into the sinking of the Titanic.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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by Simon Little
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When Willie Crawford strikes a seam of gold in the middle of his council estate as he digs for the gas main, he and his family are preyed upon by assorted parasites and vultures.Then the council disputes the ownership rights to the mineral deposits.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Mike Walker
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The third and final series brings the story into the 20th and 21st centuries: Nicholas II Lenin Stalin Putin
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Biography
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by Michael Butt
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Dramatised accounts of four very different, but true accounts of medical forensic thinking: 1) Death In the Parish - The discovery by London doctor John Snow that Cholera is caused by contaminated water; 2) The Last Infirmity - The discovery by two young American doctors that Yellow Fever is spread by mosquitoes; 3) The Epping Jaundice - The extraordinary story behind an outbreak of Jaundice among middle class parents - but not their children - in a town outside London; 4) The Stranded Eagle -...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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by Michael Robson
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Robert Cardiff is researching a book about a man who died in Kenya in 1938. His researches are interrupted by the murder of an occasional girlfriend - and his name was in her diary for the night she died. A somewhat convoluted thriller.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Night Theatre, Thriller
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by Sheila Hodgson
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Based on idea by M R James. M R James is troubled when the illustrator of his new book becomes fixated by locating the gravestone of a 17th century witch, and embarks on a search for the relic, with tragic results.
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by Agatha Christie
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A somewhat muddled updating of an Agatha Christie, with an Afghan refugee mother attempting to contact her dead daughter.
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by John Reed
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Ten part dramatisation of John Reed's classic eye-witness account of the Russian Revolution in October 1917.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama
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by Clare Seal
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Admiral Robert Fitzroy is famous as the captain of HMS Beagle, the ship upon which Darwin made his round the world voyage and started pondering evolution. Fitzroy however was a scientist and inventor of the Fitzroy barometer, creator of the shipping forecast and founder of the UK meteorological office. He was however, also a deeply troubled man who committed suicide in 1865.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Jim Eldridge
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Gently comic romance in three parts, broadcast over 4 years - or maybe more.. 1)  Arthur In Bournemouth, Or Many Arrived Around Stephen compiles a crossword for his local paper in Bournemouth. The paper is approached by a local woman Penny, who believes King Arthur was in Bournemouth, and Stephen finds himself dragooned into helping her. 2)  Leonardo In Lyme Regis Stephen and Penny are now an item. An alleged work by Leonardo da Vinci turns up in Lyme Regis. The pair set out to discover the...
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by Michael Z Lewin
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Albert Samson is a laconic, rather seedy, non-violent private detective from Indianapolis who in the month before Christmas - not a good time for private eyes - ' people try not to think about the things they hire detectives for. so they don't hire detectives' finds himself offered an apparently straightforward job. It's only when he becomes more interested in investigating his client that things become at first strange and then definitely bizarre.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Night Theatre, Thriller
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by Eugenio Amaya
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Thomas, a British expat living on the Spanish coast for almost 20 years, is suddenly threatened with the imminent demolition of his beachfront home when the local authority declares the development illegal ahead of elections. In a bid to save his house with the help of his student daughter Lisa, he uncovers a dark underbelly of political and financial corruption he never suspected existed and which will ultimately force him to make some hard choices.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play, Thriller
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by Rosemary Sutcliff
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Radio dramatisation of the children's book. Young Marcus Aquilla sets out to recover his father's reputation and the lost Eagle of his legion.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama
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by Sheila Hodgson
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Play based upon an idea by M R James. James is invited by one of his former students to stay at the school he has recently purchased. It sits in the grounds of an old abbey, destroyed by Henry the Eighth. The end of this particular abbey was unhappy though, the monks all being hanged for trying to hide their wealth from the king. Could these unhappy events still echo down the centuries?
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play, M R James
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by Mike Harris
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The extraordinary story of Stewart Gore Brown, based upon his and others' letters and diaries. In the 1930s, Gore Brown, aged 40, married a 17 year old girl, on the basis that he had been in love with her mother. Gore Brown however also had an unnatural passion for his much older aunt, leading to a bizarre love triangle, played out in Northern Rhodesia. He later went on to be one of those who lead the drive for Zambian independence.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play, Factual Drama
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by Jennie Buckman
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In 1772, a woman Mary Lacey attempted to publish her autobiography " The History of the Female Shipwright", which told of her life in the Royal Navy, disguised as a man. Getting her book published however, was less than easy. More about Lacey's story can be found here:  http://georgianlondon.com/post/49247094071/the-history-of-the-female-shipwright
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Paul Mendelson
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Sergeant MacGregor takes leave to return to Glasgow for the funeral of an old flame. But was her death a tragic accident or foul play? Reluctant to leave London as usual, Dover heads north to help his grief-stricken colleague find out the truth, in the course of which he must deal with the two groups of people he hates most - the Scots and actors.......
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Crime Drama
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by John Gradwell
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Lifelong friends Joe and Kel have always been into the movies. But Kel has moved away and now their friendship has drifted. Then Kel calls out of the blue. He's in deep trouble and the police are onto him. But the line goes dead before he can tell the whole story. Joe decides to leave it. But when Kel's sister Penny turns up imploring Joe to help, Joe finds himself immersed in a film noir of his own.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Saturday Play
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by John Cliiford
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In the early hours of the morning on March 23, 1857, warehouse clerk Emile L'Angelier staggered through the dark Glasgow streets towards his lodging house, doubled over in pain.By next morning he was dead of arsenic poisoning. Within a few hours stacks of illicit love letters were discovered suggesting that the young man had been involved in a highly passionate secret affair. Madeleine Smith, the upper class daughter of a wealthy Glasgow businessman, was arrested for Emile's murder.
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by John Burrows
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1936. Two British athletes, working class boxer Coleman and middle class long distance Whitlock strike up a friendship on the train taking the British Olympic team to Berlin. While they are there, the pair stumble across a secret that Hitler would rather world did not know about (and no, it's not the concentration camps.....)
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Afternoon Play
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by Kressmann Taylor
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Dramatisation of the 1938 novel. It is 1938 and two old friends, former business associates in San Francisco, exchange letters. One is an American German Jew, the other an American German who, excited and energised by the new Germany of the 1930s, has gone home. Attitudes harden with the seemingly inexorable rise of Hitler, the Jew horrified by the change in his friend and his wholesale adoption of the rhetoric and ideology of Nazism.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Nikolai Giogol
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2 x 60 Mins Dramatisation Gogol's classic comedy cum satire cum farce. The corrupt officials of a small 19th century Russian town, headed by the Mayor, react with terror to the news that an incognito inspector will soon be arriving in their town to investigate them. The flurry of activity to cover up their considerable misdeeds is interrupted by the report that a suspicious person arrived two weeks previously from St Petersburg and is staying at the inn. The mysterious visitor however is a...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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by Saki
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Dramatisation of 5 shot stories by the Edwardian writer H H Munro, better known as "Saki". Always they have a slightly cruel humour to them:   The Lumber-Room - Saki's fiction famously celebrates the triumph of the "human beast" over the strictures of society. Mischief, mayhem and the antic spirit of children are the stuff of his enduring tales of English life. When young Nicholas is punished by his aunt, he seeks refuge in the magical lumber-room; but when his aunt seeks...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Drama
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by Garry Lyons
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1971 : A 14 year old boy is raped and murdered. Young DC Christine Proctor works on the unsolved case, which destroys the career of Detective Superintendent Doug Crowley. 2001 : A 14 year old boy is abducted but managers to escape. A man is arrested and it transpires that he was a key suspect in the 1971 case. Detective Superintendent Christine Proctor sees an opportunity to charge the man for the 1971 murder, and calls on Doug Crowley, now 82 and dying from cancer for help. But inadvertently,...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama, Friday Play
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by Nick Warburton
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When Richard and Claire inherit a house in Yorkshire, they think their worries are over. What they do not expect is the sitting tenant John, his friends in the local "Heritage Protection Society" nor that their recently inherited house is about to fall over the edge of a cliff......
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Allan Prior
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2 x 90 Mins A two part biographical drama on the life of Hitler.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Night Theatre
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by Jonathan Holloway
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The Carter family have for many years run a storage business in south London. Some items have been in store for decades, so when a group of Russians arrive, demanding the return of an item that has been in store for almost 100 years, what is happening? The demand is accompanied by threats, yet the police appear disinterested. Despite being prefaced "The Carter Mysteries", suggesting it is part of a series, this appears to be a one off drama.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Peter McKelvey
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Swanee is a washed up, small time drifter. He is employed by Rattan, a crook, to smuggle diamonds into the UK from west Africa. Swannee is to stay in a boarding house Rattan has booked for him and await further instructions. As soon as he arrives, he receives a mysterious 'phone call, from a man who calls Swannee "Gower", and tells "Gower" he has 24 hours to leave the country or be killed. Swannee goes on the run, but now both the mystery man and Rattan are after him......
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller
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by Margaret Oliphant
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Five part drama loosely based upon the 1883 novel. Vernon's Bank is a prosperous small town bank in mid 19th century England, until rumours take hold that the bank is about to collapse. The senior partner of the bank disappears abroad and it falls to his cousin Hester to invest her own savings and save the family business and the family name from ruin. But Hester is a woman in a man's world. Although much adapted from the original, this still makes for an excellent drama.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama, 15 Minute Drama
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by Royce Ryton
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In domestic affairs, Tsar Alexander II's reforms, while outraging many reactionaries, were regarded as far too moderate by  the liberals and radicals. Radical activities increased sharply among the intelligentsia, resulting in a reassertion of repressive policies. When the populist, or "to the people," movement arose in the late 1860s, the government arrested and prosecuted hundreds of students. Many radicals responded with terrorist tactics. By 1872 the 'little father', as Tsar...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama, Saturday Night Theatre
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by David Pownall
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In 1851, Richard Burton (no, not that one!) set out to become the first non Muslim  westerner in modern times to penetrate the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, then closed to non Muslims, who risked death if caught. Disguising himself as a Pashtun traveler from India, he succeeded in his aim. This is  brief account of that journey.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by James Follett
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Peter and Jane have retired to Spain. Each year they look forward to a visit from their daughter, Clare. She was unable to come last year, but this year when they go to meet her at Alicante Airport, Clare is run down and killed by a car as she is leaving the terminal. Clare's parents start to look into their daughter's affairs and find that not only did she not fly to Spain, rather had she bought a car for cash in the UK and driven it to Spain, but also that she had had a baby. They take the...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Thriller, Saturday Night Theatre
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by Mike Walker
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Series 2 of the series of biographical dramas: Catherine the Great Alexander I Alexander II
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Biography
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by David Pownall
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Three plays looking at three, famous, historical assassinations, those of Jean Paul Marat, Spencer Percival and Abraham Lincoln.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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by Hattie Naylor
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1669 -  It's a tense time in the Pepys household. As we know from the last nine years of his diary, Sam has often had dalliances with other women, unbeknown to his wife Elizabeth. Her ignorance of his behaviour came to an abrupt end last October when she walked in on him in a compromising position with the maid, Debs Willet. This discovery has put a huge strain on their marriage. Almost deranged by suspicion and jealousy, Elizabeth forbids Sam to leave the house unless he is accompanied at all...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
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by Hattie Naylor
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5 x 15 mins 1663 gets off to an unpromising start when Sam and Elizabeth have a furious row, culminating in him burning all her old love letters in the fire. Then Elizabeth is robbed in the street, and Sam has a writ issued against him on a false charge. He avoids arrest, until he can prove his innocence, by hiding next door at Sir William's house.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Samuel Pepys, 15 Minute Drama
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by Michael Davies
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Just before D-Day, a German spy cell discovered that the Allies were storing all their arms in one vast underground bunker. They immediately set about trying to alter the course of the Second World War.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Night Theatre, Thriller
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by Wally K Daly
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An unusual change of theme for well known radio playwright Wally K Daly, more usually associated with comedy or sci fi. Upon the death of Pope Paul VI, the pontificate passed to an unexpected successor, the Archbishop of Venice who took the title John Paul I. Thirty days later, he was found dead in bed, apparently from a heart attack. His sudden demise has sprouted many conspiracy theories that he was murdered. Wally K Daly puts his slant on the events.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Monday Play
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by Nick Warburton
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Drama based upon a Buddhist parable.  A woman asks a traveller to help her terminally ill son. The traveller promises to help and instructs her to gather mustard seeds from her neighbours - but only accept those from a household that has not been touched by death.........
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Roy Apps
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The unexpected story of the friendship between Noel Coward and the author Edith Nesbit.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Simon Bovey
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1851. The fabulous Koh-i-Noor diamond is on show at the Great Exhibition. But Prince Albert plans to have it cut and an official at the Bank of England is determined that Albert's plan should not come to fruition and he hires a cracksman to steal it. But who is double crossing whom?
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Saturday Play, Crime Thriller
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by D J Britton
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St Helena, 1816. Napoleon has been exiled to a small island in the midst of the Atlantic. Mrs Sachs arrives, accompanied by the mysterious "parson" bearing a letter from the Foreign Secretary. There is a plot afoot to assassinate Napoleon, an event that could set Europe ablaze once more. Her job is to prevent Napoleon being killed. Another man on the island however has received the same instructions from the Prince Regent and he's not happy to work with a woman. The identity of the...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Crime Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Charles Dickens
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I must confess myself in tune with Oscar Wilde on the subject of Dickens and the former's famous quote “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.” Oliver Twist is typical Dickens, with its secret heir to be located, villainous relatives, etc but this is quite a good 6 part adaptation. If you are the reviewer who so roundly abused me once before regarding my tongue in cheek observations about "A Christmas Carol", please don't bother to repeat...
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Classic Drama
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by R C Sherriff
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A darkly comic piece by R C Sherriff, best known for Journey's End  (here). It is Christmas Eve and stockbroker John Greenwood is enduring yet another Christmas Eve party at his house for his wife's friends. The guests leave at Midnight, but as he sees them off the premises, the front door slams shut on him. He knocks for his wife but receives no answer, thus being forced to break a window to gain entry. He is seen by a passing policeman, who asks why he is breaking into an abandoned house. ...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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by Anthony Trollope
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Two part dramatisation of the first of Trollope's satirical Barchester Chronicles.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Chronicles
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by Max Beerbohm
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A dramatisation of the satirical novel, included by "literary types" in lists of the best 100 novels of the 20th Century. Make of that what you will...... Zuleika Dobson can only love a man who does not love her, but everywhere she goes, men fall at her feet. Then, on a visit to her grandfather, the Warden of Judas College, Oxford, she meets the haughty Duke of Dorset, who snubs her, and she falls. But soon the Duke goes the way of all other males, with disastrous, and hilarious,...
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by R D Wingfield
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A vehicle for comic actor Kenneth Williams, inexplicably written by crime writer R D Wingfield, whose forte is clearly not comedy. In each episode, Williams plays a somewhat inept British spy. The humour is "of its time" and perhaps best suited to Williams' fans.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Comedy Drama
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by Christopher Lee
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In November 1603 Sir Walter Ralegh was tried for treason. Was he guilty? Why was he refused a defence lawyer? Was the jury fixed? Ralegh's trial is one of the most bizarre courtroom dramas in British history.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Historical Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Andy Merriman & Rod Wickens
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The extraordinary, true story of Walter Tull. Born to a Barbadian father  (himself the son of a slave) and an English mother, he and his brother Edward were sent to a children's home after both parents died. His brother was adopted by a Scottish couple and became one of Britain's first coloured dentists. Tull went on to play professional football, only the third coloured player to do so, but in 1914 he enlisted in the army. In 1917, he was commissioned as an officer and became the first black...
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Factual Drama
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by Nicholas Mcinerny
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In a prison camp in Dresden in the early part of the Second World War, using damaged instruments and working in a bathroom, Olivier Messiaen somehow managed to compose and perform one of the most extraordinary pieces of 20th-century music. The Quartet forthe End of Time is based on the words of the Book of Revelation. Professor Anthony Pople tells the story, while dramatist Nicholas Mcinerny imagines events from the point-of-view of the guard who allowed Messiaen the space to work.
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Afternoon Play
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by Graham White
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In October 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald went to Russia, planning to move there and renounce his US citizenship. This play imagines these events.....
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Friday Play
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by William Goldman
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The classic thriller of Nazis, diamonds...... and some rather unorthodox dentistry.
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5 part dramatisation of Jane Gardam's novel about life in 1950's Hong Kong
Topics: BBC Radio Drama, 15 Minute Drama
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by Jenny Stephens
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A branch of British Intelligence need to plant a spy in the midst of a group they are tracking.  In a somewhat bizarre twist to the secret agent genre, one of their agents agrees to be killed so that his ghost can spy on the group and report back. But the agents find they cannot contact their dead colleague, so turn to a somewhat nerdy medium. Silly, but fun.
Topic: BBC Radio Drama
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by Gill Adams
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A 19 year old girl is found dead, her face battered beyond recognition. These two plays follow two strands, the first the parents of the 21 year old suspected of committing the crime and the second the police investigation leading to the first play.
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Topics: BBC Radio Drama, Crime Drama, Friday Play